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B’nai Sholom and Delmar Presbyterian Plan Food Drive to Benefit “Little Free Food Pantries”

B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany and Delmar Presbyterian Church in Delmar are teaming up once again to collect non-perishable food to stock “Little Free Food Pantries” in Albany and Schenectady.

The two institutions, partner congregations in Family Promise of the Capital Region, will welcome delivery of food items Sunday, January 23, noon-2 p.m., at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, and at Delmar Presbyterian, 585 Delaware Ave., Delmar.

Suggested non-perishable items to donate include rice and instant rice meals, beans, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, canned chicken and meat, canned soups and stews, instant oatmeal and other foods that can withstand outdoor temperatures (no diapers or paper goods).

The two congregations will help stock the little pantries established in Albany by OpenWorld Relief and one placed in Schenectady by Bellevue Reformed Church.  The pantries are set in neighborhoods with increasing numbers of families who are experiencing food insecurity and provide free 24-hour access to those in need.

Through an Interfaith Hospitality Network of congregations and dedicated, trained volunteers, Family Promise of the Capital Region provides shelter, food and assistance to children and their families who have lost their housing due to a variety of reasons, such as loss of job, reduction of working hours or rising rents.

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